Situation: The Horde has lost contact with Okri’lon in the Blasted Lands amidst reports of strange-looking Orcs swarming the area. Even more threatening, the Dark Portal has turned blood-red, and reports indicate that these Orcs – dubbed “The Iron Horde” – are moving through the portal. Warchief Vol’jin has called upon the Horde’s greatest champions in this time of need, and so – naturally – High Chieftain Bloodhoof has nominated the Corps.

Mission: The Tauren Marines participate in the Iron Vanguard, a Horde-wide effort to recon the Dark Portal and discover the source of its disturbance, repel the Iron Horde invaders, and restore Horde control to Okril’on.

Execution: Tauren Marines will report at the Shattered Landing on 01 November at 1900 server time for a formation, briefing, and pre-combat checks and inspections. The TMC will then conduct a Recon by Fire, answering these priority intelligence requirements for High Chieftain Bloodhoof:

1) What has become of Horde forces at Okri’lon?
2) Where is the Iron Horde coming from?
3) Who is leading the invasion?
4) What is the combat strength of the Iron Horde invasion force?

The TMC will accomplish this by re-taking Okri’lon. Once the fortress is under Horde control, the Tauren Marines will move to the Dark Portal and assess the strength of the foe…. most likely by charging into a frontal attack.

Once all priority intelligence requirements have been answered, the Tauren Marines will reconsolidate, report to High Chieftain Bloodhoof, and prepare for follow on missions.

Service Support: Material support will come from the Guild Bank. Marines should pull any necessary resources from the bank before first formation. Once we are in the Blasted Lands, we are on our own – there will be little to no Horde support.

Command and Signal: Bull 1 will lead this mission. Succession of command is Bull 1, Bull 2. If the chain of command is broken, Marines are to fall back and report to High Chieftain Bloodhoof. All communications will be done over /CowNet.

For the Tribes; for Mulgore; and FOR THE HORDE.

Attention to Orders: Promotions

SUBJECT: Promotion Orders
TO: Tauren Marine Corps

To all those who shall see these presents, greetings. The High Chieftain has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of:


Recruit Taruhtah’ro Ish Panwe Iswa, also known as Red, of the Dawnhide Tribe


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Recruit Bal Ramblinghoof of the Winterhoof Tribe


"This codpiece gives me tenderloins."

“This codpiece gives me tenderloins.”

Recruit Tokal Stoneleaf of the Mistrunner Tribe


"I solemnly swear I am up to no good."

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

Recruit Kulgorr Sharphoof of the Ragetotem Tribe

In view of these qualities and their demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, they are promoted to the rank of TAUREN MARINE, effective immediately.

These appointees will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed, by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining.

Tal Skywalker
Tauren Marines

Attention to Orders: Campaign Star

Three more Marines have earned a Campaign Star for their direct contributions to the overthrow of the False Warchief Hellscream. These Marines have been distinguished from among their peers for their bravery, dedication to duty, and sacrifice. They reflect great credit to the Corps, the Tribes, and the HORDE.

"I will reach you before Death does."

“I will reach you before Death does.”

"They made fun of my gloves."

“They made fun of my gloves.”

"Certified exterminator."

“Certified exterminator.”

SUBJECT: Siege of Orgrimmar Campaign Star
TO: LT Kvin Stormspeak, Marine Lukahe, Marine Traugh Clawhoof

To all who shall see these presents, greeting: This is to certify that the High Chieftain of the Tauren Tribes has awarded a Campaign Star to the following Tauren Marines for achieving Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream during the Siege of Orgrimmar Campaign:

LT Kvin Stormspeak
Marine Lukahe
Marine Traugh Clawhoof

Their fighting and medical skills directly contributed to the Horde’s success over the False Warchief. Their achievement is in keeping with the highest traditions of Tauren Marine Corps excellence and reflect great credit upon themselves, the Tauren Marine Corps, the Tribes, and the HORDE.

“Tauren Marines do the hard things.”

Given under my hand in Thunder Bluff,
Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines


"They made fun of my gloves."

“They made fun of my gloves.”

SUBJECT: Horde Achievement Medal
TO: Marine Lukahe

To all who shall see these presents, greeting: This is to certify that the High Chieftain of the Tauren Tribes has awarded the Horde Achievement Medal to Marine Lukahe for meritorious service in a non-combat compacity.

On his own intiative, Marine Lukahe created an epic peice of art that has become the homepage banner for the Tauren Marine website. The artwork depicts the night that the Mad Cows of Mulgore first boarded Terran dropships headed for the Outer Rim. It masterfully recreates the solemen yet peaceful calm of Thunder Bluff as well as the anticipation of some uknown adventure. He donated his time and talents to the Corps with no thought to reward. As a result of his efforts, visitors are met with an epic first impression of the Tauren Marine website. His action reflect great credit upon himself, the Highmountain Tribe, and the Tauren Marine Corps.

Given under my hand in Thunder Bluff,
Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines

Stand By Me

It’s (finally) here.

Stand by us, the TAUREN MARINES, against the evils of this world. For the Tribes; for Mulgore; and FOR THE HORDE.


Song: Stand By Me
Artist: Ki: Theory
Album: Kitty Hawk

Big Basic, Baby

"Do NOT call me 'Sir,' you pukestains. I WORK for a living!"

“Do NOT call me ‘Sir,’ you pukestains. I WORK for a living!”

The Corps is growing. This past week we hosted the largest ever class of Recruits in Basic Training. While this growth is something to be proud of, it is more important than ever that we remember what we are striving for: the dedicated few that will carry the banner of Thunder Bluff to any who threatens her peaceful plains. We are not a mindless horde of honred beasts – we are high quality TAUREN MARINES, and we will not accept Recruits just to have more numbers. The extensive vetting will continue. The high standards will be upheld. For the title is not given, it is earned.


Attention to Orders: (Re)Commissioning



SUBJECT: (Re)Commissioning of Kvin Stormspeak
TO: Tauren Marines

The High Chieftain of the Tauren Tribes, acting upon the recommendation of the
Commander of the Tauren Marines, has placed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, integrity, and abilities of Kvin Stormspeak. In view of these special qualities and his demonstrated potential to serve in the higher grade, Kvin Stormspeak  is promoted to the grade of Lieutenant, Tauren Marines, effective immidiately.

Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines, Commanding

Pride Overcome – Check

"You beat the Sha of Pride. You are the best at everything and the rest of the raid will be so easy you could do it while playing Hearthstone in another window."

“You beat the Sha of Pride. You are the best at everything and the rest of the raid will be so easy you could do it while playing Hearthstone in another window.”

The Corps made its first foray into Siege of Orgrimmar Normal Raids today, and by all accounts it was an udder success. The Corps downed the Sha of Pride (with great humility) and is poised for storming the shores of DUROTAR.

Marines and Recruits (and that one Contractor) performed admirably. You are all to be commended for your prompt response to all instruction and that perfect touch of light-heartedness that reminds us all of the Tauren Marines #1 Mission, which I now quote from Article 2 of the TCMJ:



Welcome, Recruits!

"I Remember Mulgore" by Nosfer @ DeviantArt

“I Remember Mulgore” by Nosfer @ DeviantArt

The Master Guns and I wanted to take a moment to address the stampede of new Recruits that have recently enlisted.

You have raised your right hand and made a solemn oath to protect Mulgore in a time of great uncertainty. The land is still reeling from the effects of the Cataclysm and our people are just beginning put the Horde back together after Hellscream shattered it. And despite this tenuous peace with the Alliance, we will never forget Camp T. For putting our people before yourselves, we honor you.

You will now undergo a series of trials that will test you to the limits. You will be forged in the crucible of Basic Training and all of its phases. You will be expected to stand taller, run further, and carry more than you ever have before. You will be pushed – and sometimes shoved – into being the best bovine you can be. The passage is intense, but if you complete the journey, you will find yourself among the galaxy’s greatest warriors.

We have fought in every conflict since the Centaur Wars – and then some. We held at the bulwarks of the World Tree. We fought Proudmoore’s forces in Durotar. We alone fought into the furthest reaches of the Twisting Nether in order to protect not just Mulgore, but Azeroth itself. We went far beyond the likes of Outland into the very maws of death itself, and still we came out both horns up.

We are the Few. The Cow. The Tauren Marines.

<Signed>                                     <Signed>
Täl Skywalker                               Gunny
Tauren Marines                            Tauren Marines


TCMJ UPDATE: Article 6 (PVE and Raiding Standards)

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Article 6 has been completely rewritten in order to accurately reflect the current state of Tauren Marine Raiding. Read on for full details.

Article 6 Player vs Environment (PvE)

  1. Tauren Marines will conduct FLEX / Normal raiding on Saturdays and Sundays based on the needs of the Corps.
  2. In order to facilitate an enjoyable, satisfying raid experience, the following standards will be enforced. This is not to create a “hard-core” raiding environment; it is to set the standards and expectations of Tauren Marine raiding.
  3. In order to qualify for a Normal Raid, you must:
    1. Have an ilvl of 535+
    2. All gem slots and enchantments must be filled. If the Command Team deems it in the best interest of the Corps, guild resources will be appropriated to accommodate this requirement.
    3. You will provide your own food and flasks
    4. If it becomes an issue, DPS classes will be required to display 100k DPS to a target dummy and perform corrective training with the Master Guns who will work with you to achieve that benchmark.
    5. Have Teamspeak for raids
    6. Be on time and reply to calendar invites
  4. Marines do the hard things. This means that Marines will volunteer to perform the more difficult tasks of each encounter. If you don’t know the mechanics of the hard things, just ask. Marines will also regularly rotate through the “hard things” during guild runs. This is to ensure that the Mad Cows of Mulgore maintain their reputation for the being the first to charge horn-first into danger.
  5. Teamspeak is for official chat only.
  6. Loot for Normal Raids will follow the +1 system. Each time a raider is awarded a piece of loot, +1 is added to their tally. If an item drops and is contested, the person with the lowest amount of loot won (thier plus number) wins the item by default.
  8. Infractions of the above standards will be met with corrective action, such as laps around Thunder Bluff, exclusion from future raids, AND A 50 DKP MINUS!